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as in: presumption of innocence Define
something thought of as true without proof
  • In the first place, we may start with a strong presumption that Colonel Openshaw had some very strong reason for leaving America.
  • "The man who wrote it was presumably well to do," I remarked, endeavouring to imitate my companion’s processes.

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  • If that were true the murderer must have dropped some part of his dress, presumably his overcoat, in his flight, and must have had the hardihood to return and to carry it away at the instant when the son was kneeling with his back turned not a dozen paces off.
  • Does it not strike you as a little singular that this McCarthy, who appears to have had little of his own, and to have been under such obligations to Turner, should still talk of marrying his son to Turner’s daughter, who is, presumably, heiress to the estate, and that in such a very cocksure manner, as if it were merely a case of a proposal and all else would follow?

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  • I presumed she was an expert since she spoke so confidently.
  • The presumption of innocence does no prevent holding a defendant thought to be a danger to society.

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  • There is a strong presumption that the person whom McCarthy expected to meet him at Boscombe Pool was someone who had been in Australia.
  • Now from this double point our research must commence, and we will begin it by presuming that what the lad says is absolutely true.

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  • He is still with you, I presume?
  • "An elderly man, I presume?" said Holmes.
  • There is at least a presumption that the vessel in which the man or men are is a sailing-ship.
  • These, we presume, indicated the nature of the papers which had been destroyed by Colonel Openshaw.
  • But I presume that this other goose upon the sideboard, which is about the same weight and perfectly fresh, will answer your purpose equally well?
  • Now, when young ladies wander about the metropolis at this hour of the morning, and knock sleepy people up out of their beds, I presume that it is something very pressing which they have to communicate.
  • I presume that I may take it as correct—this article, for example, as to the disappearance of the bride.
  • You saw her return by the kitchen door, I presume?

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  • This case, I presume, contains the coronet.
  • Mr. Rucastle then, I presume, took to this system of imprisonment?
  • I understand that you have already managed several delicate cases of this sort, sir, though I presume that they were hardly from the same class of society.
  • An accident, I presume?

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as in: presumption of innocence Define
something thought of as true without proof
as in: he is presumptuous Define
exercising privileges to which one is not entitled -- such as being too familiar or too bossy
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